Opposition fury over racial changes to seats

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KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition voices were raised today against the racial nature of changes proposed by the Election Commission to some constituencies.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said a large number of Malay voters would be moved into seats traditionally held by Umno while non-Malay voters were being moved into opposition seats.

The changes are a result of boundary changes proposed by the Election Commission, in which some polling districts are being moved into different constituencies.

Nurul Izzah said the changes were unfair as the Election Commission had not brought them before a parliamentary select committee.

The re-delineation would result in a potential loss by PKR of “hefty number of seats” in Selangor, she said.

“The redelineation will create a permanently flawed policy, it is akin to giving Barisan Nasional a blank cheque,” she said at a press conference today.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng of the DAP described the changes as amounting to “racial profiling” and would be extremely dangerous if the redelineation was gazetted and passed into law.

“Our country’s future will be seen as Malays versus the non-Malays. We should object to this, even MCA and Gerakan are objecting,” said Lim.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua agreed, adding that the constitution would have lost its meaning if the redelineation went through.

“We call upon all Malaysians citizens to stand up against this. The government may use this to defeat the opposition, but it will not work. Najib Razak can temporarily save himself but when the oppositions wins, we will see a very polarised Malaysia,” said Tian Chua.

On Friday, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail urged voters to hand in their objections to the Election Commission. She said the proposals showed “clearly” that it was to benefit Barisan Nasional.

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